New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge won the American League (AL) MVP award, after a phenomenal and record-breaking season.
Judge hit 62 home runs to break Roger Maris’ six-decade old record and set the American League single-season record was definitely the highlight of his season. He batted .311 in 157 games and became just the fourth Major League player to hit at least 62 homers. Judge led the Majors in runs with 133 and RBIs with 131.
Judge is now the first Yankees outfielder to win AL MVP since Mickey Mantle did it in 1962. He easily beat out Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani in an MVP race some thought might be close. Judge was AL Rookie of the Year in 2017, when he finished a distant second in MVP balloting to Houston second baseman Jose Altuve.
Judge helped the Yankees to 99 wins and an American League East crown. He earned his fourth career All-Star selection. He is a first-time free agent, and his ultimate destination will be one of the storylines of the winter.
Aaron Judge winner of 2022 AL MVP. Photo courtsey of The New York Post